Woodsy Landscapes

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There is just so much freshness. I can’t help but feel like I’m dreaming when I see these views.

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Trimmed tree traditions

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My mother loves ornaments. She loves tradition. Every year we know we will each get a glass ornament that fits our person ever so perfectly, and every year our tree grows more full, trimmed and filled with  many memories. It’s so comforting  to come back over the years and look at an ornament and know exactly to whom it was given and what makes it the ornament of that person. She’s got a way of understanding and observing people. A way of inserting a puzzle piece into the puzzle of their being like the perfect gift. She just gets it. And it has shaped who I am today. My love for the little things and obsession for observing is without a doubt from this woman, and I wouldn’t have it any other day.

I’m so grateful to appreciate and care about tradition. Knowing that every year at this one time it will be the same…no matter what… Something about it is ironically refreshing and moving. What do you have without tradition?

So many moments. So many feelings. One time of year. It’s the holiday season, and it’s deep and filled with so much emotion, even unexpectedly!

Merry Christmas to all, and all a good night.

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Special Days

Of course it starts with a Photobooth.

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Isn’t it funny how a day can be so special to two people? A day. Such a weird thing. One out of 365. And most people would never know. Like a little secret that is shared from time to time. Any day could be a very special day to someone. It’s exciting, and is so beautiful I find. I’m sure amongst all the people I’ve met or crossed paths with, every day of the year is covered in terms of special days or celebrations. Maybe it’s the birthday of someone I pass in the metro or make eye contact in the street. Maybe they’re on their way to celebrate something or someone or anything.

Yesterday was a special day for me.

I’m sure today is a very special day for someone too.

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A la maison

I felt like it was about time that I shared my little nid with you guys. I’m always raving about trinkets and antique markets, and I guess it’s about time you see my little world. Spaces are very important. I think you can tell a lot about a person by the space in which they surround themselves.

I’m a sucker for eye candy & randomness.

I inherited the obsession for trinkets, things and all things homey from my mother.

Our home in Colorado was filled with souvenirs from my parent’s travels: baskets from Iraq, chests from Kuwait, furniture from Santa Fe, or Aboriginal works of art. Anything and everything from anywhere. The mixtures of modern and traditional. The mixtures of colors and textures. My mother and grandmother’s artwork. The constant addition to rooms and walls to give them personality and life.

Having my own home now that has so much influence from the space I grew up in is so comforting, and most definitely adds to the coziness. Each little thing has a story. Louis and I luckily share an obsession for trinkets & things, as well as antique markets and brocantes. Luckily our trinkets blend just right, creating our own special space.

What kind of space do you surround yourself in? What are your must haves on the shelves? I’ve always got to have little boxes and a cactus. Not sure why. It’s just one of those things!

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A Garden of Cupcakes

A few weeks ago I got to thinking about how to have fun with cupcakes for the birthday of someone whose garden is their 3rd child… and then it hit me. Garden cupcakes! They came to mind thanks to my step-sister’s profile picture from a while back…. she was holding a plate full of garden cupcakes that she had made from a cupcake recipe book, and I thought to myself, THAT IS TOO GOOD AND JUST PERFECT.

I thus asked Cat at Sugar Daze to have fun with it for this special occasion. It was  certainly a success.

Clever cake decoration is so fun to think about. People come up with such unique ideas. What are the craziest cupcakes you’ve seen?

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Jardinage

This past spring and summer I have learned so much about gardening at Louis’s country house. I sure hope to have my own garden someday… what a dream that would be. But as this cold comes abruptly in, the tomatoes in this garden are not surviving.

Looks like we are moving into the winter goods.

What are your favorite winter veggies? What do you make with them?

P.S. This is the garden where Olivia had a field day and taught me some delicious recipes like this one and this one. Drooling?

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Kinfolk’s Parisian Picnic

This week was the Kinfolk Paris picnic organized miss Rubi from She Lets Her Hair Down and Tifamade.

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It was a very lovely and whimsical picnic right at the foot of that big radio tower that everyone knows so well.

The candles were lit and duralex cups held down our place holders, and the gray skies scared us ever so slightly at the beginning. The breeze of the Seine felt so refreshing after such heat here in the city of lights. The bouffe by Tifamade was absolutely delicious (I can’t wait to order more of her sandwiches sometime!).

All in all, it was a very magical evening and it was so wonderful to meet so many interesting people who dwell in this fab city.

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